Getting Shifty

You may find point of impact has shifted since you zeroed sitting at a bench. This because forward support and pressure you apply to the rifle with cheek and shoulder all affect how the rifle moves as the bullet zips down the barrel. Those forces shift when you change positions. That’s why I confirm hunting-rifle zeroes from prone with a taut sling. Point of impact commonly falls to 7 o’clock. Zero checks offhand make sense too, especially with rifles most often shot offhand.

A standing rest is a blessing when you must fire hard-kicking rifles. Offhand, your body flexes to absorb recoil. On a seat, hunched over the comb, it’s an anchor that can neither bend nor slide. Cheek and clavicle take the hit. Flinching results.